SIMPSON – After a decorated career at Simpson High School, Ally Berry will take her talents on the court to the next level.
Berry will be preferred walk-on at the University of Louisiana Eunice in the fall.
"It's a blessing, definitely," she said. "I'm just glad I got this opportunity that I worked my whole life for.
"I'm excited to be with the team and the new opportunities that I will have."
LSUE is a junior college and went 18-4 last season under head coach Amanda Clemons.
"Ally sees the floor very well," Simpson head coach Lynsey Rachal said. "She sees the floor better than the average high school kid. She's hardworking and doesn't give up.
"(A LSUE) coach showed up and watched her play and said that she liked the way she played, how she saw the floor and how she ran the floor, although she was hurt."
Berry averaged 19.6 points and 9.6 boards a game in her senior year, while fighting injuries on a team in which she was the only returning starter from the previous season.
"This year was kind of hard, so I learned not give up and how to play through adversity," she said. "College may be hard, and I may not start, and I'm used to starting here. It's about giving 100 percent, no matter what."
Berry hopes to be a coach after her time in college and be a teacher.
The Bengals' season ended in the first round of regionals, and if Berry wants to make an impact next season, she will need to put in the work.
"I think it's going to make her step up her game," Rachal said. "She is going to see that she can't get by anymore with her God-given talent. Not that she coasted this year, but she could put up 30 points anytime she wanted. When you put her around college players, she's going to have to step up her game. She's going to have to pull out all the stops."